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    Curmudgeon in Training 20grit's Avatar
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    David Gilmour. Come on.... The man is a master of phrasing.

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    I've been playing for 30 years now and, though I listen to a pretty wide variety of players, David Gilmour and Mark Knopfler would probably get my vote for the most enviable guitarists overall.

    Lately I've really been liking Adam Levy who is mostly known for playing with Norah Jones. He feels kind of rigid in the studio and a lot more 'loose' live, but he has great phrasing and dynamics and can really build up tension and emotion. Definitely an under-rated player in my opinion.

    And as a guitarist, the one guy that constantly has blown me away is Django. Even the most simple of bits is quite challenging to play at full speed. I play a less Gypsied-up version of Minor Swing and have been able to play it my way for probably 15 years but I STILL can't play along with the original recording note for note.

    Lots of great players though.

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    Just 'cuz I like lists, here's my ten favorites in noo particular order:

    Bill Frisell
    David Torn
    Adrian Belew
    Wes Montgomery
    Pat Martino
    Allan Holdsworth
    Steve Howe
    John McLaughlin
    Marc Ducret
    ...uh...one more to be named at a later date

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    adrian belew...how did i forget about him? def my bad...and michael brook.
    Last edited by ooga-booga; 07-23-12 at 02:56 AM.

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    Wow... agree with everybody on this list.
    How about Eric Johnson, he can play just about any style.
    John Cipollina did some excellent work.
    Neil Young, not real fancy but a great improv player.
    Sometimes just a guy who can play behind a vocal, Johnny Marr or even Edge.
    I wish I could play as well as the least of these!

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    Part of my list:

    Roy Buchanan - Telecaster
    Frank Zappa - Gibson SG
    Leo Kottke - 12 string
    Ry Kotter - Acoustic slide
    Duane Allman - electric slide
    Doc Watson - Flat pickin'
    Wes Montgomery - Best "Thumb"
    Larry Carlton - Mr. Studio
    Being Dyslectic, the 4 years I spent in the UK driving on the left, just felt Right...

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    I need to vote for Al Di Meola

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuY0_JCHaF4

    Here he is with a couple other greats

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cadbYIzhqQ
    Those voices in your head aren't real, but they have some great ideas

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    I am a huge fan of Jimmie Vaughan. Other guitarists working in his neighborhood of tone and concision include Richard Thompson and Eric Ambel. RT of course works in a lot of other neighborhoods too...

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    Mick Mars.
    what is this 'road tax' you speak of?

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    Eric Johnson

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    Yet more proof that I'm.. well, pretty much right about everything.

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    Favourite jazz guitarist, Joe Pass.

    Favourite blues guitarist, the inimitable Otis Rush (also a great singer).


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ekdog View Post
    Favourite blues guitarist, the inimitable Otis Rush (also a great singer).
    +1

    Lots of folks have mastered the guitar - but mastering the guitar upside-down and backwards transcends greatness.

    "Love is not the dying moan of a distant violin, it’s the triumphant twang of a bedspring."

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    I reckon that Brian May was the first guy (in the mainstream) to have a modern, screaming, wailing, bridge humbucker lead sound.
    Watcha reckon?

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    I've been listening to Tony Cox a lot recently, discovered him when I was living in South Africa.

    Sono più lento di quel che sembra.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 531Aussie View Post
    I reckon that Brian May was the first guy (in the mainstream) to have a modern, screaming, wailing, bridge humbucker lead sound.
    Watcha reckon?
    Except that Brian May didn't use humbuckers. His Red Special had Burns Tri-Sonic pickups, which were single coils.
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    ha. Well, it sounds like a bumhucker

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    Alex Lifeson
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    SRV
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    Stone Gossard and Mike McCready
    Segovia
    Django
    John Williams
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    Pat Metheny
    Paul Brady
    Knopfler
    Countless amazing blues players

    Man, the list could go on forever.

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    Shawn Lane
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    Hi all,
    Glad that there are peeps in here who just not love cycling but also love music as well...hmmm...as for great six string stranglers...it is a matter of preference...but I also agree to some of the posts above that implies what it takes to be a truly great guitarist as such.
    My top ten...
    1. Chet Atkins
    2. Charlie Johnson
    3. Eric Clapton
    4. SRV
    5. Jimi Hendrix
    6. Jimmy Page
    7. Yngwie Malmsteen
    8. Steve Vai
    9. Dimebag Darrel
    10.Ritchie Blackmoore
    As I have said it is a matter of preference...for me this the best of the best there is...sorry.

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    Aluminium Crusader :-)
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    I've only recently discovered the "Rig Rundowns" on Youtube. Cool.

    They can get a little infomercial-like, but still a bit of fun




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    I just saw Steve Vai this last weekend. Pretty good
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    Yet more proof that I'm.. well, pretty much right about everything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Ross View Post
    Just 'cuz I like lists, here's my ten favorites in noo particular order:

    Bill Frisell
    David Torn
    Adrian Belew
    Wes Montgomery
    Pat Martino
    Allan Holdsworth
    Steve Howe
    John McLaughlin
    Marc Ducret
    ...uh...one more to be named at a later date
    To add to what has been mentioned in this thread, not my top ten
    Sonny Sharrock
    Grant Green
    Kenny Burrel
    Tony Rice
    Eddie Hazel
    Michael Hampton
    Jim Hall

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    Quote Originally Posted by noisebeam View Post
    Jim Hall
    http://www.newyorker.com/online/blog...-jim-hall.html
    "In the often fractured and contentious world of jazz appreciation (proving once again how the most rarefied niches carry the most outsized passions), very few contemporary artists are embraced by traditionalists and experimentalists alike. True consensus emerges as rarely as it does in Washington, D.C. But I have never met a musician, listener, or critic who didn’t love Jim Hall, who died yesterday [12/10/13] at the age of eighty-three. .... "

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    Quote Originally Posted by zippyzoo View Post
    Wow... agree with everybody on this list.
    How about Eric Johnson, he can play just about any style.
    John Cipollina did some excellent work.
    Neil Young, not real fancy but a great improv player.
    Sometimes just a guy who can play behind a vocal, Johnny Marr or even Edge.
    I wish I could play as well as the least of these!
    Surprised to see Neil Young mentioned in this thread. He is my favorite player, not fancy at all, but emotional. Been to see him at least 30 times over the years, first time in about 1973 or so. Never disappoints.

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    I've always loved David Gilmour's style and sound
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